2013 VW Golf Cabriolet Review

Published: September 22, 2013 | Post By: admin

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Written by: Tim Marsh

If you’ve been dreaming of cruising the open road with your convertible, then you’ll want to read this 2013 VW Golf Cabriolet review. We reveal everything you need to know about the new VW Golf. Including the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet price and everything you need to know about the new VW Golf.

The Line-Up

As always, the Golf Cabriolet118TSI has just two model options: a seven-speed automatic with a DSG gearbox, and a six-speed


Exterior and Style

2013-VW Golf Cabriolet 6 Speed Manual

2013-VW Golf Cabriolet 6 Speed Manual Image: autoblog.com

It’s been two years since the exterior styling of the VW Golf Cabriolet has been refreshed, but perhaps the reason is that it simply hasn’t needed it since then?

In the 2013 model, expect to find dark tinted LED taillights; a lower rear diffuser and twin exhaust tail pipes. The Volkswagen Golf also offers all of the standard VW styling, such as a horizontal front grille, daytime driving lights, chrome highlights on the upper grille, and integrated front fog lights.

Interior and Comfort

Okay, so keep in mind that although the VW Cabriolet has a rear seat, VW probably didn’t ever intend it on actually being used. It’s a tad tight for the average adult to squeeze into, and with no rear passenger airbags, it definitely feels like VW created this space with full intentions of it being employed as storage for your handbag, shopping and perhaps a stray book and magazine.

In addition to this, they still haven’t made satellite navigation standard in the VW Cabriolet. The sat nav is also needed for the

reversing camera, so it too is an option rather than standard.

Under the Bonnet

The engine too remains the same as the 2011 model with a 1.4L twin-charged four-cylinder capable of 118kW/240Nm holding court

2013-VW Golf Cabriolet 6 Speed Manual Interior

2013-VW Golf Cabriolet 6 Speed Manual Interior Image: autoblog.com

under the bonnet.

And although there has been gossip of a diesel variant popping up soon, VW definitely hasn’t confirmed its arrival.

On the Road

Both Golf Cabriolets are front-wheel drive and offer a sporty and athletic ride. Expect good mileage on a tank too, with a four and a half green star rating for both the petrol and the diesel.


Besides the whole issue of MIA airbags in the rear seat, VW has their standard and expected safety options on offer. Again, no change from the 2011 model, which means you can look forward to active rollover protection system, active safety systems and an ANCAP

five star safety rating.

Value for Money

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet price comes in at a mere $37,490 plus on roads for the manual and $39,990 plus on roads for the


2013-VW-Golf-Cabriolet-Safety Image: VW Australia


Considering the last soft top VW Golf had an asking price of $50,000 this is one hard-to-beat convertible.

The Competition

To be honest the only competitor we found worthy for the VW Golf Cabriolet was the Peugeot 308 Convertible, which makes this 2013 VW Golf Cabriolet review rather easy.

The Peugeot starts at $50,990 plus on roads, which is significantly higher than the VW Golf, but it was really designed to compete with the VW Eos, not the Golf Cabriolet. Peugeot has also announced that it will be releasing a new 308 in 2014, which is said to be similar in size to the VW Golf.

The Verdict

As an entry-level convertible, the VW Golf Cabriolet is a hit. The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet price is attractive, and the car is perfect as a weekend drive, or for anyone looking for a sporty, athletic and fun every day vehicle. We’d keep an eye out on news from


2013-VW-Golf-Cabriolet-Design Image: VW Australia

VW though to see if they plan on updating the Cabriolet any time soon.

About Tim Marsh:

Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years.

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